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Von Trapp Vienna Lager | von Trapp Brewing

very good
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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp, full-bodied traditional amber lager.

IBU 33

Added by kingcrowing on 04-21-2010

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 154
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A copper colored beer with a small white head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma of bread, cereal, and grass.
Malt-forward. Complimentary hops.
Light and crisp.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange-dark-golden with off-white top that fades quickly to a ring. Aromas of bread along with some spice and flora notes. Flavor is more subdued, mostly malty and toasty. Very slightly sweet finish. Decent stuff.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Great looking white froth on top, mildly hazed pale amber hue. Fresh maltly nose of bread grain, grass, & grapenuts. Ample crispness within a moderate sized body. Mostly clean, full malt palate. Hops balance and compliment. Easy to knock back, a good rendition of the style.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle, best by date annoyingly hard to read 4/11/16 (why black letters on a brown bottle)?

Good clarity and carbonation. Smell is of honey, caramel. Taste folows with a definite nutty, toasty, bready presence. Medium bodied and very drinkable with a slighlty sweet finish.

Rated by style, this is a great beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Bottle poured into a tulip with a dark gold to pale amber, clear body. Creamy, frothy thick cap builds up to over a finger high with pretty good retention. Lacing forms around the glass as thick rings after each sip.

S- Spicy herbal hops, ripe pale fruits and grainy barley off the top in a fairly potent overall aroma. Honey, cracker, bready, grass and floral tones.

T- The color may be subtle amber but plenty of malty flavors make themselves apparent here. Lightly toasted, toffee and a strong touch of honey but nothing I would say is truly caramel. Grassy and earthy woody hops, slight sulfur, pale fruit, bread, cracker and general Noble character. Low end sweets.

MF- Puffy, foamy and a touch of creamy texture to the light-medium bodied brew. Carbonation rains in a touch below high end. Noble hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

Complex malt flavors from a beer that just brushes the lower end of the amber spectrum. Toasty, honey grains play well with earthy, spicy hops.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; steady stream of bubbles rising;

S: biscuit; corn;

T: very mild flavor; toast; grassy hops; mild bitterness on the finish that increased a bit in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation - a little prickly; lightly dry finish;

O: OK, but not the aromas or flavors I would expect from a Vienna lager;

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Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A sizzly white head disappears quickly over the top of a clear, apricot colored liquid with streams of fine bubbles rising up. Low aroma of biscuity malt and some sweet corn. Flavor is malty upfront, biscuity and delicate, bready notes emerge and floral hops rise up to meet it. Moderate spiciness, some corn notes in the finish. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Good beer, good representation of the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, grain, and I get a touch of cinnamon. An average to slightly above average version of the style. Decent, but I prefer others.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored Vienna style lager. Solid malt backbone with a nice bready taste and smell to it. Good mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. On the lighter side of the typical Vienna lager one would normally find

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i would consider this to be a very classic example of the style, maybe just a touch richer and darker than any imported one i have ever had, but this is a very true vienna style lager, and i like it quite a bit. for me, its a style that has never really resonated personally, but i keep giving them a chance. the quality of this beer is very obviously high, its lacy and heady, crystal clear, especially for how dark it is, and very full bodied for what it is. the malt flavor is rather deep, caramelized and sweet, really sweet, and its not all cleaned up by the european lager yeast, but the flavor is great, coffee cake and pancakes with syrup come to mind, breakfasty. nicely carbonated but still a little heavy for summer pounding. i like the approach of these guys, making exclusively classic lager styles, you would think it would pigeon hole them a little bit, but every time i taste one of their beers i realize how lackluster so many american lagers are, and that they really have carved out a nice little niche for themselves.

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Photo of jopper
2.15/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

From the tap this beer was a light gold not a short quickly disappearing head. I expected something more crisp and something from the nose but it was not to be found. Overall I think this is a light lager than is certainly a candidate for easy drinking but if you are looking for something to sit and enjoy I would look elsewhere.

(I fear I may need to update this as the establishment may have done a poor job with the lines and glass)

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Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw gold with a rocky, half inch, bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Nose is lightly earthy and slightly grassy. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a hint of sour mash to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of crisp. Overall, a decent example of the style and quite drinkable. It would be nice to have regular access to this beer fresh.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 21, 2015.

It pours a kind of olive-yellow tone under a white foamy head.

Some toast and some sulfur on the nose. Thin hop character behind it all.

Light to medium body. Smooth though.

The taste is more malty than hopped but the grassy hops play up a little around the back bringing out a dryish lingering bitterness.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold color. Slightly hazy. Small head that settles to rim bubbles. Any spotty lace that appears slides into the glass.

Predominately deep toasted malt nose.

Reminds me of hash browns--lots of starch, roasted brown. There's a bit of legumes to the taste as well. I remember a beer that had elements of beef stew, meaning potatoes. This beer approaches those flavors. Low hop as expected. Malty aftertaste. Chewy body, low carbonation.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Bright golden color with a tawny hue. Excellent clarity. Tight white head settles to a quarter inch cap. Thin ring of lacing.

S: Grainy and lightly toasty. Lot of sweet Pilsner malt. Hay. Hints of treacle and perhaps toffee too. Floral and grassy hops.

T: Sweet Pilsner malt, toasty, rich melanoidin treacle flavors, peanut brittle, hay. Floral and grassy hops balance the malt tit for tat. Drying finish sees the hops kick it up a notch with an herbal zing.

M: Medium body with a firm and rich malt texture. Round and pressing. Fine carbonation has a crisp bite.

O: This one really grew on me as I drank it. Nice rich malt flavors and textures drive it, though it stays nicely balanced. An easy quaff.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap at Granite State on tap.
Lightly hazy deep golden color with a minimal head. Earthy bready pilsner with hints of fruit an floral spicy hops. Nice brew that I returned to a couple of times, but to be world glass it needs to clean up some rough edges.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

On tap at Trapp Family Lodge Brewery in Stowe, Vermont.

Pours a clear copper color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like light caramel, grassy hops, lager yeast, and very toasty bread.

The taste is basically the same, a quite delicious Vienna lager. Only Sierra Nevada and GL Eliot Ness are possibly better than this one, it's clear Trapp's goal was to make a distinctive and traditional lager here. Very mild caramel sweetness, some honeyed toasted bread, and spicy Noble hop flavor, just slightly bitter. Subtle and understated, but still tasty.

This one has a light body, with a crisp, clean, bready mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Another good, clean, simple and authentic lager from Trapp.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-toasted malt, grassy, hint of sweetness

T-toasted malt, toffee, grassy, slight herbal, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, refreshing

O-this was a pretty tasty lager, very drinkable

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Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Farm House Tap and Grill, Burlington, NY.

Poured a dull copper hue with a one half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft earthy caramel and light grassy hop.

The taste consisted of light toasted malts, a soft caramel and grassy balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the rounder side of the style.

Overall a tasty malt forward lager.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tap: Poured a light clear amber color lager with a small foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes with light caramelized malt notes. Taste is a mix of light medium-sweet caramel malt with some cereal and grainy notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Nothing earth shattering here but well balanced and easily drinkable.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler from the brewery. Pours hazy-golden with short-lived white head. Nose is of noble hops and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of noble hops, biscuit malt, cooked vegetables and yeast. Finish is long and clean. Nothing special is going on here but it is still crisp, refreshing brew.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

At Hop & Vine's Vermont Exchange

This beer was decanted from a pitcher and had no head in my glass. Medium copper color with good clarity. Aroma is lightly fruity with noticeable, but not excessive, diacetyl. Very nice flavor coming from bready malts, with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Lots of head on this, with lots of uniform pinhead bubbles, and off tan white head color with a real nice crown. Body is a real golden brown dark and filled with lots of rising carbonation that creeps slowly. Nice looking and aggressive.

Nose is very light toasty malts, a faint honey. Hints of wood, light toffee and sweet caramel just hiding in the back.

Palate hits withe an almost soda wet carbonation, but the flavors are nice and toasty rich. Light airy toast with hints of gaseous carbon dioxide. Crispy hop finish, and grass like tastes on the aftertaste. Quenching and quite dry.

Overall a real satisfying Vienna Lager.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I suspect this is the last one of these I'll have for a while. The Trapp beers come in quart (whoops - liter) flippies which is a format homebrewers like. The Vienna is a toasted hazy gold in the glass and the head was pretty sturdy. Initial smells seem subtle but inviting and get better. It's that first wonderful soft so balanced lager taste that wins every time for this beer and its brewery. An absolute Olympic gold medal winner.

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Photo of jsouza
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this while on vacation in Stowe. Was looking forward to this brew; a little disappointed. The appearance was light copper in color. It had a decent smell; thought it might have been a little more malty though. Its taste was average at best, nothing spectacular. Overall, a good beer, but again I was looking for something a little more special. I will have to try a different brew next time. I am definately not giving up on this brewery yet.

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Von Trapp Vienna Lager from von Trapp Brewing
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